Millennials are to thank for the remarkable decline in America's divorce rate, says new study

An analysis by sociology professor Philip Cohen shows that millennials are even delaying marrying their partners until they have stable careers and finances


                            Millennials are to thank for the remarkable decline in America's divorce rate, says new study

Millennials have been described as being the most cautious generation so far and this claim is quite evident when you see the declining US divorce rate. According to an analysis conducted by sociology professor Philip Cohen from the University of Maryland using data from the US Census, the divorce rate in the country has dropped drastically by 18 % from 2008 to 2016.

This can all be credited to Generation X, and specifically, millennials, because they are very particular about their partners. The analysis also shows that millennials are even delaying marrying their partners until they have stable careers and finances. Cohen has, in particular, credited young women for the decline in the divorce rate.

The sociology professor noted in the analysis that when young women these days get married for the first time, they are more than likely to be over the age of 25 and more likely to have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. The women are also less likely to already have children of their own at the time of entering into marriage with their partners, PEOPLE reported.

Women have been found out to be older than 25 when they get married and have also earned a bachelor's degree or higher (Source: Pexels)
Women have been found out to be older than 25 when they get married and have also earned a bachelor's degree or higher (Source: Pexels)

Cohen has predicted in the analysis that it is because of all these factors that young women today "will have lower divorce rates than today’s older women". He wrote: "The trend in new marriages is toward those with lower divorce risks. The composition of new marriages, along with the shrinking demographic influence of Baby Boom cohorts, all but guarantees falling divorce rates in the coming years."

Bloomberg reports that the marital patterns of millennials are in complete contrast to those of the baby boomers, who used to typically get married very young and used to get divorced at unusually high rates even when they were in their 60s and 70s.

Today, on the other hand, Cohen explained that fewer people are getting married and they are less likely to get a divorce even if they do. The sociology professor's findings have suggested that marriage is becoming more exclusive with many poor and less educated Americans choosing to only live with their partners and raise their children together.

According to Bloomberg, Cohen said: "One of the reasons for the decline is that the married population is getting older and more highly educated. Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they’re doing." Cohen concludes that the trends in the analysis "represent progress toward a system in which marriage is rarer and more stable than it was in the past."